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Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes. At a ...Show More
Introducing Tempest

01:58 | Mar 20th, 2018

Jalopnik is proud to bring you Tempest, a series that explores the hilarious and heartbreaking true stories of our relationship with cars. 
Episode 8: Robots, Piers Full of Robots

29:46 | Apr 19th, 2017

In the conclusion of this series, we peer into the future of human-robot combinations on the waterfront and in the rest of the supply chain. We’ll hear about the strange future of cyborg trucking and meet the friendly little helper bots in warehouses...Show More
Episode 7: The Lost Docks

38:01 | Apr 12th, 2017

It’s 1979 and containerization is sweeping through the San Francisco waterfront, leaving the old docks in ruins. As global trade explodes, a group of longshoremen band together to try to preserve the culture of work that they knew. They take pictures...Show More
Episode 6: And They Won, They Won Big

29:44 | Apr 5th, 2017

It started with a puzzle: why were people in West Oakland dying 12-15years earlier than their counterparts in the wealthier hills? Thepeople in the flatlands were dying of the same things as the people inthe hills, just much younger. Meet the doctor ...Show More
Episode 5: The America-First Ships

26:40 | Mar 28th, 2017

American companies pioneered container shipping, but now the ocean freight business is dominated by foreign firms. Thanks to the Jones Act, a 1920 law, all cargo between American ports must be carried on American-made ships, so we do still have a fle...Show More
Episode 4: The Hidden Side of Coffee

33:59 | Mar 21st, 2017

The coffee world has changed since Starbucks rose to prominence. Notonly has the sourcing of beans acquired wine-like precision, but nowthere are many small, local roasters. How'd this all happen? Episode 4brings you into the infrastructure underpinn...Show More
Episode 3: The Ships, The Tugs, and the Port

29:30 | Mar 14th, 2017

You know you’ve always wanted to ride in a tugboat as it pushes around a huge cargo ship, right? Well, that’s what we do in Episode 3. We go inside working life on the San Francisco Bay to see how brutal competition among shipping companies threatens...Show More
Episode 2: Meet the Sailors

25:07 | Mar 7th, 2017

What is life like as a modern sailor, a tiny person on a huge ship in a vast ocean? Here is your answer. Episode 2 brings you a rare look into the lives of two Filipino sailors, fresh off a trip across the Pacific Ocean. These are regular people doin...Show More
Episode 1: Welcome to Global Capitalism

39:42 | Feb 28th, 2017

Alexis Madrigal brings you the gripping story of how a new way of shipping stuff across the ocean fed the Vietnam War, destroyed America's great port cities, and created global trade as we know it. ...Show More
Introducing Containers

02:53 | Feb 24th, 2017

Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism works now. It's about huge ships and global trade and the work people do to bring you the stuff you buy from all over the world. ...Show More